Jada Pinkett Smith reveals Will Smith 'had his feelings' about Jaden wearing skirts and dresses
As someone who grew up in the spotlight, Jaden Smith - son of Will and Jada Smith - was always bound to carve out a celebrity status of his own. Not many people could have predicted he'd go down the exact route that he did, however.
Before he had even reached his teenage years, Jaden was recognised as a rapper and an actor. What's more, his famous pseudo-philosophical "How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real" tweets soon earned him a cult following, and he became just as known for his bizarre social media behaviour as he did for his career.
Then, just as people thought he couldn't be any more of an outside-the-box sort-of-guy, he started wearing skirts.
He didn't just start wearing them, though, he worked them, and in 2016 was chosen to be one of the faces of Louis Vuitton womenswear.
However, despite his success, Jaden's fashion choices weren't immediately supported by his father.
Speaking on her Facebook series Red Table Talk, Jada said, "[Will] has his feelings on that for sure. I remember Will calling me and being like, 'Have you talked about this Jaden and him wearing a skirt?' And I said, 'Yeah I have. He’s pretty happy about it.'"
While his father had some thoughts about Jaden wearing traditionally feminine clothing, though, the Karate Kid star's mother was all for it.
"I give Jaden props," Jada said, saying that it was a brave move for the teen to make, especially "being a black young man – and the son of like an über masculine hip-hop star."
The 46-year-old actress also spoke about Jaden's reasoning for wearing "women's" clothes.
"He talked about wanting to wear skirts to give kids the freedom, to give other people the freedom to think out of the box for themselves and not feel like in doing that that they would be bullied or be attacked in some way," she said.
But Jaden himself admitted that he had other motivations for flaunting such a controversial look, too.
"I wore the skirts so I could look fly," he said. "That’s why I wore the skirts, so everyone would say, 'He’s an innovator. His head’s in a different place.'"
The 19-year-old expressed similar sentiments in an interview a couple of years ago, saying that he would always strive to be different in order to set an example, and to be recognised as being ahead of his time.
"The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do, and I’m going to keep not caring. I’m going to keep doing the same things — I’m going to keep doing more things," he said.
"I’m going to take most of the blows for my fellow MSFTS. So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won’t get beat up and kids won’t get mad at him. It just doesn’t matter. I’m taking the brunt of it so that later on, my kids and the next generations of kids will all think that certain things are normal that weren’t expected before my time."
No matter what anyone said or thought about Jaden's decision to wear skirts, it seems that he was always committed to doing whatever he believed in - and that's admirable, to say the least.